The Golden Cabin, Outer Hebrides

King Shaw Associates provided the complete engineering for a contemporary house on the island of Scotasay in the Sound of Harris. The client required all the conveniences of a modern dwelling whilst having to be self sufficient for energy and water.

All materials had to be transported to the island so the structural solution had to be lightweight and simple to erect. At one point we considered using SIPs panels to be flown in by helicopter returning from shipping shrimps to the mainland. Finally, a steel skeleton touches down on the rocks above the beach, clad using a combination of engineered timber and conventional weatherboarding.

Sustainable energy strategy for the highly insulated building uses a wood fuelled stove with fuel gathered from the island forest together with wind and solar power generation and battery storage.

Value: £450,000
Architect: Dualchas Building Design